Little River Scenic Pathway


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Little River Scenic Pathway Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Decatur
Length: 1.8 miles
Trail end points: Decatur County Fairgrounds at NW 18th St. and Lake Rd. north of State Route 2
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6031655
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Little River Scenic Pathway Description

Since 1994, the Little River Scenic Pathway has offered something for everyone to enjoy. Users can enjoy nature while hiking, biking, jogging or exercising at fitness areas along the trail or by taking a leisurely stroll and stopping for a picnic along the way. The trail, which lies on the old Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, is open year-round for all to enjoy.

The Little River Scenic Pathway is located just to the south of the Little River Recreation Area, which features a 787 acre lake and a variety of recreational activities. The Decatur County Fairgrounds—the trail's eastern endpoint—is home to one of Iowa's most popular rodeos.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available for the Little River Scenic Pathway at Decatur County Fairgrounds at the intersection of NW 18th Street and US 69. A small gravel lot can be found at the trail's western trailhead on Lake Road.

Little River Scenic Pathway Reviews

The posts are to close together to allow a 3 wheel Tri-Cruiser Entrance. Should be at least 40 inches. Noel Keller

My son and I rode our bikes on this trail for the first time. We enjoyed the paved trail and all the wonderful smells of the plants along the way. I highly suggest this trail especially if you are just starting out to ride bike trails (like us).

I love this trail. It's very scenic. Past small creeks with many chorus frogs and birds. This trail is full of blooming trees and Queen Anne's Lace. I walk my dogs there several times a week. There are work out platforms along the way for sit ups, pull ups if that's your thing. There is a very nice small shaded picnic area, a gazebo and so on. It's well kept except in the winter. If you prefer a longer trail, just take 2 or 3 times around it. You'll see something different each time.

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